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December Deadline for Palestinian Authority to Take Over Gaza Strip

The Jerusalem Post reports: Hamas and Fatah declared December 1 as the deadline for the Palestinian Authority to take over the Gaza Strip on Thursday.

Hamas has controlled Gaza since 2007, when it forcibly ousted the Fatah-dominated PA from the territory. However, less than a month ago, Hamas announced its readiness to cede control to the PA.

The rival parties’ agreement on Thursday came after senior Hamas and Fatah delegations met in Cairo for two days. “The two movements agreed to measures to enable the [PA] national unity government to undertake its full responsibilities in administrating the affairs of the Gaza Strip as it does in the West Bank,” an official Egyptian statement published in PA media said.

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